$4 Billion in New Ships
Great Lakes-Seaway ship owners are investing in vessel modernization and fleet renewal achieving greater fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.
Fednav Limited – New Vessels
$500 million (Cdn) Investment
The largest operator of ocean-going vessels in the Great Lakes-Seaway system, Fednav has added 27 new ships to its global fleet – of which 14 are specifically designed for Great Lakes-Seaway service.
For example, the Federal Satsuki is one of three, newly-built, environmentally-advanced vessels that began arriving to trade in the Great Lakes in 2011. These Seaway-sized bulk carriers are 12 percent more efficient than their predecessors, save 770 metric tons of fuel a year and release 2,500 fewer metric tons of carbon dioxide.
Six new vessels were announced in May 2013. This third generation of Lakers is designed for international trade. The ships will be 34,000-ton bulk carriers and will be built with “box” holds, better suited to a variety of general cargo like steel and project cargo. Their design will also be adapted to the dimensions of the St. Lawrence Seaway System’s locks, are specially equipped for navigating ice, and have space reserved for the installation of future ballast water treatment equipment. These vessels will share the significant environmental characteristics of the previous Lakers: they will consume 28 percent less fuel and produce 28 percent less emissions than those ships built over 10 years ago. Their fuel efficient Tier II engines will also reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by approximately 33 percent – contributing to Fednav’s ongoing environmental objectives for all its vessels.
About Fednav Limited
Fednav is the largest international bulk carrier on the Great Lakes. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, its principal activities include the transport of bulk and general cargo worldwide. The 70 year old company has offices on four continents, as well as regional offices in Canada and the United States. Fednav was recognized in 2009 and 2012 as IBJ Bulk Ship Operator of the Year; awarded the inaugural Lloyd’s List Environment Award in 2014; and has been recognized as Montreal’s top employer for three consecutive years. It employs 260 people and nearly 2,000 crew members and stevedores.
Donjon Marine / SEACOR Marine – New Vessel
The Ken Boothe Sr./Lakes Contender is an articulated tug/barge unit built by Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair, LLC at its Erie, Pennsylvania facility. The tug/barge is the first of its kind to be built by Donjon since 1972. Donjon re-opened that business sector in 2009.
The 11,000 horsepower tug Ken Boothe Sr. was completed in 2011; the barge Lakes Contender was completed in 2012. Both units, which are owned by Seajon, a joint venture between SEACOR Holding Inc. and Donjon Marine Co., Inc. entered service under charter to American Steamship Company in 2012.
The tug/barge unit is equipped with the most recent state-of-the art machinery and electronics. The barge is outfitted with upgraded diesel generators which operate ballast pumping systems as well as hydraulic power units that control the conveyor system used to unload various types of bulk materials. The self-unloading equipment consists of a tunnel belt and loop belt system which elevates cargo from the onboard compartments or “hoppers” to a hydraulically-actuated unloading boom, capable of an unload rate of 6,000 net tons/hour.
The tug/barge has a carrying capacity of 34,000 tons and is used by American Steamship Company to transport iron ore, coal and limestone to customers throughout the Great Lakes and Canada.
About the Companies
Donjon Marine Co., Inc. provides a broad spectrum of marine services, including dredging, marine salvage, heavy-lift transport, tug/barge transportation, demolition, pollution control and remediation, shipbuilding and repair, as well as land-based metals recycling, demolition and landfill remediation/site management. Based in New York and New Jersey, Donjon and its affiliates maintain offices, assets and personnel throughout the Northeast, with operations spanning the globe.
SEACOR Holdings Inc. is a diversified, multinational company that owns and operates marine and aviation assets primarily servicing the oil and gas, industrial aviation and marine transportation industries. SEACOR also owns and operates bulk commodity barges along the U.S. inland river waterways, and specializes in the purchase, storage, transportation and sale of agricultural and energy commodities.
Founded in Buffalo, New York in 1907, American Steamship Company pioneered the use of self-unloading vessels and was the first company on the Great Lakes to introduce this technology during the 1930s. With a 17 vessel fleet, ASC is the largest U.S. domestic provider of waterborne, dry bulk, self-unloader transportation on the Great Lakes.
The CSL Group – New Vessels
$450 million (Cdn) investment
Montreal-based The CSL Group launched a fleet renewal program in 2010, welcoming its first new ships in 2012. By the end of 2014, CSL will welcome four new Trillium Class self-unloading Lakers, three Trillium Class Panamax self-unloaders and two new gearless Laker bulkers. The new Trillium Class Lakers are constructed specifically for use in the Great Lakes-Seaway system.
Trillium Class is a trademark of The CSL Group. The vessels are among the most advanced self-unloading ships in the world. Equipped to meet the evolving business needs and high environmental standards of customers, the ships feature the most advanced technology available in cargo shipping and handling. They are 15 percent more fuel efficient than CSL’s previous class of ships, and it is estimated they will save approximately 750 tons of fuel per year, amounting to a yearly carbon emission reduction of 2,400 tons.
These vessels have a rapid discharging rate and reduced capital and labor requirements. These features present an effective and competitive solution that helps keep costs down and minimizes environmental impacts.
The Trillium Class vessels have already been recognized for operational efficiency, design innovation, and superior safety and environmental features. For example, the Baie St. Paul received the International Bulk Journal’s 2012 Bulk Ship of the Year Award. It was also selected by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects as a Significant Ship of 2012. Additionally in 2012, CSL and its Trillium Class were honored by the St. Lawrence Economic Development Council with the prestigious St. Lawrence Award.
CSL is the leading provider of marine dry bulk cargo handling and delivery services and the world’s largest owner and operator of self-unloading vessels. Headquartered in Montreal, CSL is a privately owned shipping company with affiliate offices around the world. CSL delivers more than 70 million tons of dry-bulk cargo a year for customers around the world in the construction, steel, energy and agri-food sectors.
Algoma Central Corporation – New Vessels
$300 million (Cdn) investment
Headquartered in St. Catharines, Ontario, Algoma Central Corporation began its fleet renewal program in 2004 with its tanker fleet. New gearless bulk ocean class carriers entered the system in 2010 followed by a new coastal class self-unloader in 2011.
In 2011, Algoma began construction on its first Equinox Class vessel designed for its domestic dry-bulk fleet. The Algoma Equinox commenced service in the Great Lakes in 2013. The Equinox Class series consists of four gearless bulk carriers and four self-unloading bulk carriers. Algoma will own six of the series; CWB Inc., formerly the Canadian Wheat Board, will own the other two, which will be operated and managed by Algoma.
The new ships have been designed to optimize fuel efficiency and minimize environmental impact. A 45 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over Algoma’s current fleet average is expected. The Algoma Equinox is the first vessel sailing in the system using a fully integrated exhaust gas scrubber that will remove 97 percent of all sulphur oxides from shipboard emissions. Space has been allocated in the vessel design to accommodate a future ballast water treatment system. The Equinox Class ships are 10 feet longer and two feet wider than older bulkers. They can carry 14 percent more cargo, sail 17 percent faster and are expected to carry 10 percent more cargo over each season. Fuel consumption is 26 percent lower.
About Algoma Central Corporation
Algoma Central Corporation owns and operates the largest Canadian-flag fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers operating on the Great Lakes-Seaway system, including 18 self-unloading dry-bulk carriers, seven gearless dry bulk carriers and seven product tankers. Algoma also has interests in ocean dry-bulk and product tanker vessels operating in international markets. Algoma provides ship management services for other ship owners and owns a diversified ship repair and steel fabricating facility.
McKeil Marine Limited – New Vessels
$70 million (Cdn) investment
McKeil Marine has invested more than $70 million (Cdn) in their fleet with the addition of 17 new vessels including 13 barges and 4 tugs. An example is the Huron Spirit which was specially designed for shallow-draft maneuvering, a critical benefit when Great Lakes water levels are low. The lake barge has a carrying capacity of 11,000 metric tons and a width of 82 feet, and is paired with a 4,000 HP fuel-efficient tug. This newly designed barge sits higher in the water which allows it to carry considerably more cargo or heavier cargo. It also allows the company to expand their trade pattern for some customers, and target shallower docks and ports that are typically less accessible. Additionally, the Huron Spirit is outfitted with a 150-foot, self-unloading boom which enables transfer of cargo without the need for dock operators or cranes.
On the environmental front, McKeil is recognized as one of the first companies in North America to install a leading-edge fuel optimizing technology on three of its vessels. The installation produced a fuel savings of more than 30 percent, along with significantly reduced pollution and CO2 emissions.
About McKeil Marine Limited
Since 1956, McKeil has provided transportation and project services for a wide range of customers and industry sectors. McKeil is headquartered in Hamilton, Ontario, with offices Montreal, Quebec, St. John’s Newfoundland & Labrador and Saint John, New Brunswick. The company is a founding member of Green Marine, and was the 2013 Hamilton Port Authority Environmental Excellence Award recipient.